Thursday, February 26, 2009

Prayers for Pardon and Amendment

I.
O most sweet Lord Jesus Christ, I, an unworthy sinner, would beg Thee to be mindful of all holy thoughts which have been Thine from eternity until now ; above all, that one by which Thou, O Eternal Word, didst will to become man.

Our Father. . .

O most merciful Lord, I pray Thee, from the bottom of my heart, to pardon me all the vain, foul, and evil thoughts which, up to this hour, I have entertained, or in any way have caused others to entertain, against or beside Thy will.

Our Father. . .

II.
O most compassionate Lord Jesus Christ, I, a miserable sinner, would beg Thee to be mindful of all the good and saving words which Thou didst ever speak when on earth.

Our Father. . .

I humbly pray Thee, O good Jesus, to forgive me all the words which up to this hour I have uttered or caused others to utter against Thy holy will. 

Our Father. . .

III.
O most sweet Jesus Christ, I, an unworthy sinner, yet redeemed by Thy precious Blood, would beg Thee to be mindful of all the good works which Thou wroughtest on the earth for our salvation. I beseech Thee, most compassionate Lord, pardon me whatsoever, by my ill deeds, I have at any time knowingly or unknowingly committed, or have caused others to commit, against Thy law and the glory of Thy name.

Our Father. . .

And now, O most gracious Lord, direct and order all my thoughts, words, and works according to Thy good pleasure, and to the praise of Thy name ; and conform them to the perfect pattern of Thy most holy life and conversation. I am Thine, and will be Thine, O Lord, in life and in death ; into Thy hands I commend myself and all that I have.

Our Father. . .

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

A Prayer for the Priest

O Lord Jesus Christ, bless, I beseech Thee, Thy servant who has now ministered to me in Thy name. Help me to remember his good counsel and advice, and to perform duly what he has rightly laid upon me. And grant him the abundance of Thy grace and favor, that his own soul may be refreshed and strengthened for Thy perfect service, and that he may come at last to the joy of Thy heavenly kingdom. Who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end.

Amen.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Prayer Before Performing Penance

Since I have so grievously insulted Thee, O most tender and loving God,
by my manifold sins and negligences, I am ready now to make perfect
satisfaction to Thy divine justice to the utmost of my ability. To this end I
will faithfully and most reverently perform the penance appointed me by
my confessor in Thy name ; and would that I could perform it with so
great devotion and love as to give Thee an honor and delight greater than
the insult and outrage of my sins! And that this may be so, I unite and
blend this my penance with all the works of satisfaction which Thy
beloved Son accomplished during the three-and-thirty years of His life on
earth, and in union with His fastings, His watchings, and His prayers, I
offer Thee this my penance and my prayer. Look down, therefore, O most
loving Father, upon me Thy most bounden debtor, now prostrate at Thy
feet, desiring to make thee adequate satisfaction and reparation for all the
insults and injuries I have done Thee ; and grant me strength and grace to
say this prayer according to Thy most holy will. Amen.

Here perform your sacramental Penance, and then say:

O most holy Father, I offer Thee this my confession and my satisfaction
in union with all the acts of penance which have ever been done to the
glory of Thy holy name: beseeching Thee that Thou wouldst vouchsafe to
accept it, and to render it availing through the merits of the Passion of
Thy beloved Son, and through the intercession of the ever-blessed Virgin
Mary, and of all Thy holy Apostles, Martyrs, Confessors, and Virgins.
Whatever has been lacking to me in sincere and earnest preparation, in
perfect contrition, in frank and clear confession, I commend to the most
loving heart of Thine only-begotten Son, that Treasury of all good and of
all grace, from whose overflowing abundance all debts to Thee are fully
acquitted ; that, through it, all my negligences and defects in the reception
of this holy Sacrament may be fully and perfectly supplied to Thine
everlasting praise and glory: through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth
and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, world
without end. Amen.

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